Animals Investigate

In Animals Investigate, pupils will role-play as zoologists to investigate real objects from the natural world. Pupils will use scientific equipment to make simple measurements and observations about objects to identify familiar zoo animals.

Flamingos in the snow at ZSL London Zoo

Key Stage: EYFS

Duration: 30 minutes

Capacity: 35 students


Early Years Framework links:

Understanding the world

  • Children make observations of animals and explain why some things occur

Communication and Language

  • Children develop their own narratives by connecting ideas or events


Intended Learning Outcomes: 

Pupils will be able to:

  • Use inquiry skills to identify familiar zoo animals
  • Choose and handle tools and equipment appropriately to investigate objects from the natural world
  • Work cooperatively and take turns in investigating the different objects from the natural world

Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.

Please be aware that though we aim to use a live animal in this session, we do not guarantee that they will be present – animals can fall ill or be unwilling to be handled and their welfare is ZSL’s first priority. 


For this session

Before your visit to the zoo:

While at the zoo:

  • Visit some of these fantastic exhibits and investigate animals from all around the world!


Zoo Region






Base Camp

Posion Dart Frog

Base Camp






After your visit to the zoo:

  • Use your investigation skills to measure and identify animals in your environment. You could use wild animals from your local park or playground, school pets, or toy animals.
  • Make a sensory scrapbook of your day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Use photographs of the animals and stick in items that will help to remind you of your day at the zoo


Prepare for your Animals Investigate Session with our worksheet:

Pre-visit sheet - Animals Investigate (296.89 KB)